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Benjamin Hawkes (b. November 14, 1788, d. January 27, 1860)Benjamin Hawkes (son of John Hawkes and Hanna James)2304 was born November 14, 17882304, and died January 27, 1860 in Templeton, Mass.2304.He married Mary Ballard on June 11, 1809 in Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA2305.
Notes for Benjamin Hawkes:
From Adam Hawkes of Saugus, Mass 1605-1672, pp. 298-9:
Benjamin was a carpenter and a cabinetmaker. He and Polly were married by the Reverend Nathaniel Thayer S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology), Minister of the First Church of Lancaster and their first son Thomas Ballard Hawkes and Benjamin were baptized at the same time at the First Church on 5 August 1810, the same day that Benjamin and his wife Polly became members of the church.The following year on 9 June 1811, Benjamin and Polly were recommended to the church in Templeton, Massachusetts by the Reverend Nathaniel Thayer.(Lancaster VR)There Benjamin became a deacon in the Congregational Church. Five more children were born to them as they lived in their fine large colonial type frame house. (Pictured in Hawkes Talks 1979).However, tragedy struck when their young unmarried son Josiah who was a cabinetmaker died on 8 September 1842 "of consumption", the dread disease of the day.
In 1850 Benjamin, then 61, was a miller, property value $1,000.His wife was still living and the household included their youngest George Perkins Hawkes, 25, a clerk whose first wife had died leaving him with a son George H., age 3 years. Also in the household was Elvira Hale, age 45, born Massachusetts. Next to them ws the home of their son Edwin and his family and beyond them was the son Benjamin James and his family, both cabitnetmakers. (1850 Census, Templeton, Massachusetts).
On 23 April 1857 Benjamin made his will which was filed 6 February 1860 and recorded on 17 May 1860 following his death in January of that year as follows:Worcester County Probate #28420.Know all men by these presents that I, Benjamin Hawks of Templeton in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, cabinetmaker, being of a sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this instrument to be my last will and testament.First I direct my executor here after named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and charges of administration, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary B. Hawks the use, improvement and occupancy of the three south lower rooms inmy present dwelling house. Also the chamber over the same with equal privileges with other occupants of the remaining part of the house. In the pump room, wood house, cellar, entry way and stairs, I also give and bequeath to her the income arising from all the residue and remainder of my estate whether real, personal or mixed, for and during the time she remains my widow and unmarried and in the event that the income or interest arising from said real, personal or mixed estates shall be insufficient for her decent, comfortable and proper support and maintenance the capital or principal may be used for that purpose, first using the personal property expecting the household furniture which I shall dispose of in the following article and should the personal property be insufficient for that purpose, she may then sell such part of the real estate as may be deemed most for hers and the interest of all concerned and I hereby authorize, empower and require my executors here after named to give and execute a good and sufficient deed or deeds of the same. The provision in this article for the occupancy of the rooms specified by and the support and maintenance of my beloved wife Mary B. Hawks is to be and continue so long as she shall remain my widow and unmarried but should she think proper to reside with any of her children she may have the benefit of the rents of the rooms specified. Third a small toy bureau made by my son Josiah, deceased, I give and bequeath to my dauthter Abigail Sophia Marsahll. At the decease of my said beloved wife it is my will and direction that my household furniture and silver spoons be equally divided among my five children viz: Thomas B. Hawks, Benjamin J. Hawks, Edwin Hawks, George P. Hawks and Abigail Sophia Marshall. Fourth at the decease or marriage of my aforesaid beloved wife Mary B. Hawks it is my will and direction that all the property that may be left at the time of such decease or marriage shall be distributed among my five children as follows: To my son Thomas B. Hawks the sum of $5.00; to my son Benjamin J. Hawks the sum of $50.00 and to my daughter Abigail Sophia Marshall the sum of $5.00 to them and their heirs and hereby cancelling and making null and void all accounts and demands I now hold against them or either of them for any articles or money advanced or paid to and for them up to the 20th day of March 1857. To my other two sons, Edwin Hawkes and George P. Hawks, the rest and residue of my estate whether real, personal or mixed, to them and their heirs forever and I hereby constitute, nominte and appoint the said Edwin Hawks and George P. Hawks executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all former wills and testaments heretofore made. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named below this 23rd day of April in the year 1857.Benjamin Hawkes signed, sealed, published and decalred by the said Benjamin Hawks (no e) and as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have here unto subscribed all our names as witnesses.Abijah Jones, Artemis Manning, Samuel Lee.
More About Benjamin Hawkes:
Baptism: August 05, 1810, First Church, Lancaster, MA.2306
More About Benjamin Hawkes and Mary Ballard:
Intention: May 27, 1809, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA.2306
Marriage: June 11, 1809, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA.2307
Children of Benjamin Hawkes and Mary Ballard are:
- +Thomas Ballard Hawks, b. Bet. July 20, 1809 - July 20, 1810, Lancaster, Mass.2308, d. January 13, 1894, Templeton, Mass.2309.
- +Benjamin James Hawks, b. August 19, 1811, Templeton, Mass.2310, d. Bet. June 07, 1879 - June 03, 1881, Austin, TX2311.
- +Abigail Sophia Hawks, b. June 05, 18142312, d. date unknown.
- +Edwin Hawks, b. April 23, 18172312, d. April 23, 1903, Worcester, MA2312.
- Josiah H. Hawks, b. April 17, 18202312, d. September 08, 18422312.
- +George Perkins Hawks, b. March 07, 1824, Templeton, Mass.2312, d. September 21, 19032312.
- Martha Ballard Hawks, b. July 13, 1827, Templeton, Mass.2313, d. April 03, 1831, Templeton, Mass.2313.